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Affect: the New Sensibility? (NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013; Deadline 9/30/12)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 3:48pm
Mary Anne Myers / Fordham University

Contemporary theories of affect overlap with eighteenth-century ideas of sensibility as efforts to theorize the social, to affirm feeling as a way of knowing, and to understand the porous interface between and among bodies and minds. This roundtable (brief presentations followed by a conversation) invites participants to suggest ways sensibility might help us understand affect or how affect might help us understand sensibility, by exploring their respective representation in texts and contexts with attention to issues of gender and perceived social standing. Please send 250-400 word proposals and brief cv to Mary Anne Myers at


Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 3:13pm
Cameroon English Language and Literature Association (CELLA)

Kashim Ibrahim Tala Annual Lecture is a one day lecture organized annually in honour of Emeritus Professor Kashim Ibrahim Tala - the first Cameroonian to earn a PhD from/in a Cameroonian university.

THEME: "Kashimism: Representing Voices".

Speakers during the event will include:
Professor Nol Alembong
Professor Kizitus Mpoche
Professor Shadrach Ambanasom
Fr. Michael Niba (PhD)
Dr. Oscar Labang
Emeritus Professor Kashim I. Tala

The Inaugural Edition of this Annual Lecture Series will be on
July 20, 2012
Djeuga Palace Hotel, Yaounde, Cameroon

Archival discovery and bibliographical analysis

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 2:02pm
Resources for American Literary Study

The editors of the AMS annual Resources for American Literary Study invite the submission of scholarly essays presenting and analyzing archival discoveries in American literature. Also welcome are submissions of primary or secondary bibliographies pertaining to American authors. Please send submissions, in new MLA style, to Jackson R. Bryer ( and Richard Kopley ( For further information on RALS, please check

Detective Fiction

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 10:56am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Critic Edmund Wilson likened the genre of detective fiction to "a few bent and rusty nails." Despite the disdain of many literary critics, this liminal genre continues to thrive and stretch its boundaries, challenging readers to understand narrative and social criticism in new ways. This panel will explore the impact of Detective Fiction – its writing and consumption in different languages all over the world.

Extending Gesture 26th – 28th October 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:30am
University of Edinburgh

Extending Gesture
A Colloquium at University of Edinburgh 26th – 28th October 2012

'If I write, this strange hand has already
slipped into my writing hand',
(Jean-Luc Nancy).

My hand moves out ahead of me in writing – as Jacques Derrida has conceived it, it is both blind and anticipatory, giving itself over to both in order to touch upon the unknown. Yet in doing so, the unknown touches all along this act; this embodied gesture quivers with unknowability.

Constructions of Women Warriors in Medieval Eurasia (proposal due; 9/15/2012)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 8:14am
48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The construction and historicization of the Amazonian type women warriors have generated a long legacy in both Western and Eastern cultures. Either as grotesque feminine other without breasts (such as depicted by Herodotus, Hippocratic Treatises, and Apollodorus) or as heroic women paragons to be emulated (such as China's most famous Mulan), these women warriors were mirrors of the patriarchal societies that constructed them.The ancient world's literary impulse to construct these women warriors and women's kingdoms continued in the Middle Ages. Examples can be found in the writings of Boccaccio, Chaucer, De Pizan, and travel writings of Mandeville and Marco Polo. In the East, "women's kingdom" continued to evolve in Chinese literature and historiography.

Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs) Stories.9/15/12

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 8:42pm
Megan Adams / Bowling Green State University

"We have no being beyond our stories. Our stories explain us, justify us, sustain us, humble us, and forgive us." Malea Powell, CCCC 2012 Chair's Address

We all have C's (Conference on College Composition and Communication) stories. Some are profound, some are quirky, some are sad, some are unsettling, some are insightful, some are scandalous, and some are just plain hilarious. We've told them over beers, in cars over miles, and within faculty lounges. Our field is based on these stories. We think it's time for the field to hear your story.

[UPDATE] Tenth Annual Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 1:36pm
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies - University of Massachusetts Amherst

[UPDATE] We are delighted to welcome Mario DiGangi of The Graduate Center at CUNY as our keynote speaker.

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its tenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 6, 2012.